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November 21, 2016

Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes (Turn and face the strange)


Now that our long national nightmare is over, I'm thinking that I should turn this Mondo Bizarro sidebar into something that closer to a real Mondo Bizarro. Maybe make it a sidebar filled ONLY with the good, the beautiful, the touching, the human-all-too-human, and the off-the-wall weird; something that sings in the affirmative. Maybe I should move all the pointers to the more thoughtful, political, ponderous, and required reading articles and items in a single linkiest post every two or three days in the main column. What do you folks think? -- Gerard

Posted by gerardvanderleun at November 21, 2016 10:35 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Moar powetree.

Posted by: Andy at November 21, 2016 1:28 PM

The sidebar seems to be the direction your muse seems to go - and tends to gravitate to the outstanding issues of the day.

I'd say the agenda-less "do what you feel like doing" and the sidebar will fill itself.

Posted by: cond0011 at November 21, 2016 1:33 PM

MF already uses that format. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

However, your strategic ideas about the direction of your sidebar do sound inspired. We know you fairly well, already. Go with your hear; I give you permission to do what feels right.

Posted by: Casey Klahn at November 21, 2016 1:37 PM

If you're going to publish the uplifting, the beautiful, then I shall expect a Sophia Loren portrait at least monthly. On rare occasions, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, or Leslie Caron might be substituted. Otherwise, carry on.

Posted by: Mike Anderson at November 21, 2016 1:39 PM

Barbara Stanwyck spun my crank. See Double Indemnity for clarification.

Phyllis: Mr. Neff, why don't you drop by tomorrow evening about eight-thirty. He'll be in then.
Walter Neff: Who?
Phyllis: My husband. You were anxious to talk to him weren't you?
Walter Neff: Yeah, I was, but I'm sort of getting over the idea, if you know what I mean.
Phyllis: There's a speed limit in this state, Mr. Neff. Forty-five miles an hour.
Walter Neff: How fast was I going, officer?
Phyllis: I'd say around ninety.
Walter Neff: Suppose you get down off your motorcycle and give me a ticket.
Phyllis: Suppose I let you off with a warning this time.
Walter Neff: Suppose it doesn't take.
Phyllis: Suppose I have to whack you over the knuckles.
Walter Neff: Suppose I bust out crying and put my head on your shoulder.
Phyllis: Suppose you try putting it on my husband's shoulder.
Walter Neff: That tears it.

Posted by: ghostsniper at November 21, 2016 2:09 PM

Mike Anderson,
The hottest woman to ever walk the earth was Jill Goodacre in about 1988. Probably the first Victoria Secret model that wasn't rail thin. More curves than a racetrack. Probably needed asbestos soled shoes to keep her house from catching on fire.

Posted by: Snakepit Kansas at November 21, 2016 3:19 PM

Raquel Welch.

Posted by: UncleJefe at November 21, 2016 3:34 PM

In celebration I have quit Twitter and Gab both. I'm thinking of going back to blogging; taking the time to be thoughtful and creative instead of reactive. And even I enjoy pics of the Gold Standard of women showing up in the sidebar as long as it's Sophia or Raquel. No true woman is jealous of a real woman.

Posted by: Joan of Argghh! at November 21, 2016 6:04 PM

If it ain't fixed, don't break it. Other than that, more naked women never hurt anybody.

Posted by: james wilson at November 21, 2016 6:15 PM

No I love it the way it is.

Posted by: Blake at November 21, 2016 6:20 PM

Do what you feel moved to do, Gracious Host. I enjoy it all.

Posted by: rigeldog at November 21, 2016 6:21 PM

I think it's a great idea, Gerard. I'm feeling the same need to leave the negativity, angst and anxiousness behind. After the last 8 years I feel a kind of PTSD about politics and the gov't and have to re-develop a sense of what it means to be free of it.

Posted by: AbigailAdams at November 21, 2016 6:34 PM

Sophia Loren.

Posted by: orcadrvr at November 21, 2016 6:35 PM

"Marilyn Monroe" ridden like a horse for the Kennedy/Sinatra/Mafia clan to keep on a clanning on.

I listen to Peter Boyles and his guests today on 710 KNUS.

I truly hope it is me who is fucked.

Posted by: NotquiteunBuckley at November 21, 2016 6:41 PM

It is your house. Decorate it to please you. You will not hear me complaining about the free ice cream.

Posted by: R Daneel at November 21, 2016 8:02 PM

Whatever goads your muse, Gerard, is peachy keen with me. I like the Sophias. No one appreciates a beautiful woman so purely and without envy as another woman who, while neither beautiful nor homely, is well loved. Sophia is perhaps the most beautiful woman to grace the world for a very long time.

Posted by: Jewel at November 21, 2016 8:19 PM

You do what you need to do, I trust you.

Posted by: tonynoboloney at November 21, 2016 9:16 PM

Dont get cocky, kid.
It aint over until the fat lady has sung...
or should I say, swung.
Jan 20 its official.

…the eighth rule: Keep the pressure on.
…the ninth rule: The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.
The tenth rule: The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.

Posted by: foodog at November 21, 2016 9:30 PM

Now, having said the above- I want to say also that I always visit American Digest at the end of my innertubz reading.

Because of the sense of wonder, and poignancy, and joy, that is rare, very rare elsewhere.

You can find cranky OFWG stuff anywhere.
Me, I am giving up on that now, best I can.
Call me a romantic, but I served my time in hell.

Posted by: foodog at November 21, 2016 9:39 PM

Argh. There it is again- must be operator error...

PS: Its your BBQ Gerard. I'll enjoy whatever you serve up. And try to hit the tip jar more, too.

PS, also- to Joan of Argh.
Yep, I never did Twit, except to try it out briefly for a news feed on wildfires, for RT info, etc, which was unproductive due all the fakers.
I'm trying out Gab for a news feed. We'll see.

Gave up FakeBook, which was only used so I could monitor my kids online, and be sure some creeper wasnt stalking them, until they were old enough to manage on their own.

I am trying Brave, to replace IE, and Chrome, and the new Firefox that lie about their TOS. Works fast, and clean of ads, without addons.

And Infogalactic to replace the left-skewed Wikipedia, not that it was that accurate anyway.

And protonmail, zoho, and others to replace gmail.

A proud member of the resistance.
Dont be evil, y'know, by monetizing the privacy thieves and thought police of SJW land...

Posted by: foodog at November 21, 2016 9:54 PM

Leave it alone. Sheepdogs never sleep. I'll take my cucumber sandwiches and golf claps where I find them. Great job. It has been a teeth gnashing 8 years plus.

Posted by: joedaddy at November 22, 2016 3:14 AM

@foodog, been using zoho for a year and they are problematic like most others. The service goes down unexpectedly without warning and stays down til, and their service communications are apathetic to the needs of the clients. It's free so you have no grounds for complaining. I'm shopping around.

Posted by: ghostsniper at November 22, 2016 4:15 AM

Nobody likes change.

However, I don't believe it's possible to change Mondo Bizarro? It is, after all, Bizarro and any one might call "change" would actually be "more."

Posted by: MOTUS at November 22, 2016 5:37 AM

Personally, I like the Mondo Bizarro as-is, irreverent, insightful, quirky... but it's your blog, do as you wish with it. No need to remind you of the New Coke fiasco a few decades back, eh? Oh, forget I said that...nope, never happened.

Posted by: Bill in Tennessee at November 22, 2016 5:40 AM

Agree that Stage 1 of our long national nightmare is over,Thank God,but the slavering mad dogs of Leftism remain,and they are mightily pissed. Remain vigilant. Follow your Muse,Gerard,we'll happily join you. Note to Ghost re:Miss Stanwyck-the '41 screwball comedy "Ball of Fire" is a gem. Opening scenes of her as a nightclub singer in a slinky outfit only she could wear and still look classy-then singing softly as Gene Krupa taps out the beat with 2 matchsticks on a tabletop. Great movie.

Posted by: Nori at November 22, 2016 5:49 AM


Posted by: tim at November 22, 2016 5:58 AM

Don't overthink it.

Posted by: Terry Kirkpatrick at November 22, 2016 6:13 AM

Leave it alone

Posted by: Kevin Dickson at November 22, 2016 6:49 AM

The National Nightmare is NOT over. It's only starting. The zombies will rise and try to kill us all. They never quit. Nothing has changed except we won a battle we didn't know we'd win. The War proceeds. Whatever you do with your site is less important than remembering that fact.
Sad. True.

Posted by: Jerry Greenhoot at November 22, 2016 7:16 AM

As the Muse would have it, go to it.

Posted by: McCabe at November 22, 2016 7:28 AM

@ Nori, thanks, I'll check it out. I've seen bits and pieces, so I'll grab the whole thing. We're noir freex around here, usually watch one on sat night. Usually from the 40's but the early 50's are OK too. Edward G Robinson was under rated and James Gagney was over rated. JG was a decent hoofer tho.

Posted by: ghostsniper at November 22, 2016 11:25 AM

I'm here for the long haul. Do what you like. I've liked it so far.

Posted by: Sam L. at November 22, 2016 12:09 PM

Since you asked, Mr. V, I suspect that you have a slight yen for it.

May I suggest rotating topics that are sure crowd pleasers?

Morons and madness.



Classy Dames.

Miscellaneous: beer, revolvers, scotch, cigars, kids/parents/dogs doing things that lift the spirits, knives, books.

Posted by: Lance de Boyle at November 22, 2016 4:36 PM

Grace Kelly.

Posted by: itor at November 24, 2016 11:55 AM

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